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Important 



• operating the TR-505 near a neon or fluorescent 
lamp may cause noise interference. If so, change 
the angle of the unit. 

• Avoid using the unit in excessive heat or humidity or 
where it may be affected by direct sunlight or dust. 

• Use a soft cloth and clean only with a neutral deter- 
gent. 

• Do not use solvents such as paint thinner. 

• View the Display from the proper angle. 

• Please be careful not to damage the window. 



Initialization 

After placing the batteries for the first time as shown 
in "Battery Replacement", be sure to initialize the 
TR-505 as follows. 

Make sure that the TR-505 is turned off, then turn it on 
while holding the Mode Key ® and Pattern Group Key 
A ® down. 



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The above initializing procedure is not necessary when 
you replace the batteries later. 



CONTENTS 



Q] Panel Description 3 

(2] Outline of the TR-505 6 

(H Connections 7 

J4] Operation 8 

1. Manual Playing 9 

2. Demonstration Program 10 

3. Playing the Preset Rhythm Patterns ■ ■ ■ 12 

4. Volume Adjusting 14 

5. Track Writing and Playing 16 

6. Writing and Playing Rhythm Patterns • - 19 

a. Before writing rhythm patterns 19 

b. Step Writing 20 

c. Tap Writing 21 

d. Pattern Playing 23 

7. About Scale and Last Step 24 

8. Useful Functions in 

Pattern Writing Mode 26 

a. Copying a Rhythm Pattern 26 

b. Chaining Patterns 27 



9. Other Useful Functions 28 

a. Assigning a Bar 28 

b. Delete 28 

c. Insert 28 

d. Copy 29 

e. Continue Start 29 

f. Last Measure 29 

g. Start/Stop 35 

[5] Tape Memory 35 

a. Saving 35 

b. Verification 36 

c. Loading 37 

[6] MIDI 38 

a. Setting MIDI Sync 39 

b. Setting OMNi Mode 39 

c. Changing the Receive Channels 39 

d. Changing the Key Numbers 40 

e. Changing the Transmit Channels 40 

[t] Specifications 50 



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Memory Back-up 



The TR-505 features memory back-up system that 
retains the data even when switched off. A set of bat- 
teries supports its back-up circuit. 

Be sure to keep the batteries securely connected even 
during AC operation. 

Always replace with a complete set of new batteries 
once a year no matter how rarely you have used the 
unit. 



I Remove the battery cover on the bottom of the unit. 




Change the batteries with the TR-505 switched off. 

If the unit is not to be used for long periods of time, 
please save the data on a tape or cartridge then switch 
it off and remove the batteries, otherwise various trou- 
bles may be caused by battery leakage. 

Please observe the following "Battery Replacement". 

Please be sure that the polarities of the batteries are 
correct. 

When the Tempo Indicator's flashing is dimmer or the 
sound and action of the unit are unstable, immedi- 
ately replace the batteries. 

Initialization explained on page 2 is not necessary 
after replacing the batteries. 



Battery Replacement 

Please save the data in memory on a cartridge or tape 
to prevent accidental loss of memory during battery 
replacement. 

Use six 1.5V (UM-3) batteries. 



® Remove the batteries from the battery case. 

® Place a new set of batteries taking care of the polar- 
ities. 




' Replace the battery cover. 




® Make sure that the TR-505 is turned off. 



POWER 



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m OUTLINE OF THE TR-505 

The Rhythm Composer TR-505 is a fully programm- 
able rhythm machine with 48 different rhythm pat- 
terns preprogrammed. 

The 16 digital drum voices are a basic drum set and 
some Latin percussions, allowing wide variety of 
rhythms. 

The TR-505 allows you to program 6 Rhythm Tracks 
or tunes (altogether 423 bars) from the 48 user-pro- 
grammed and another 48 preset rhythm patterns. 



There are two methods for programming a rhythm 
pattern; Step Writing in which we enter or load one 
step at a time without worrying about tempo, and Tap 
Writing that is programming a rhythm by actually 
tapping the Instrument Keys. 



The large display window makes the operation 
easier. 

The Tape Interface function makes it possible to save 
the data on a tape and later load it back. 



The MIDI Connectors on the rear panel interfaces 
with other MID! devices for sync'ing or using the 
TR-505 as a sound source. 



[3] CONNECTIONS 



R/MONO L PHONES 




Amplifier 




Headphones 



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Audio Amplifier 



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a OPERATION 

The TR-505 has the following modes. 

TRACK PLAY Mode plays a song or tune. 

PATTERN PLAY Mode plays a bar of rhythm pattern. 

TRACK WRITE Mode writes a song or tune. 

STEP WRITE Mode writes a bar of rhythnn pattern (1) 

TAP WRITE Mode writes a bar of rhythm pattern (2) 

The Display Window shows the mode in which the 
TR-505 currently is. 



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To Change the modes, press the Mode Key ® (some- 
times with the Shift Key held down.) 



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4-" Pressing the Mode Key 

<0= Pressing the Mode Key While 
holding the Shift Key down 



Do not try to change the modes while the TR-505 is 
playing. 



1. Manual Playing 



With the composer connected to the power source 
and to your amplifier or mixer, you are ready to try out 
a variety of sounds by playing it manually. 

Switch it on. Make sure that the composer is in the 
Track mode {the Display shows TRACK PLAY). The 
Main Keys numbered O to ® have the drum voices 
marked above. Simply tap each key; all voices have 
different drum sounds, Also, if you tap the key with 
the Accent Key down, the created sound will take on 
accent. 



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Accent Key 



if the composer is not in the Track Play mode, push 
the Mode Key ® as many times until the Display 
shows TRACK PLAY. 






TRACK PLAY 



Summary of Drum Voices 





HAND CLAP 



DRUMS 



COWBELL & CYMBAL CONGA 



BASS DRUM(BD} 

SNARE DRUM(SD| 

LOW TOM{LT)/MID TOM(MT)/Hl T0M(HT}/T1M8ALE(TB) 

RIM SHOT(RIM)/HAND CLAP(HCP) 

OPEN HIHAT(OH)/CLOSED HIHAT(CH) 

LOW CONTA(LCG)/HI CONGA(HCG) 

LOW COWBELL(LCB)/HI COWBELL(HCB) 

CRASH CYMBAL(CC)/RIDE CYMBAL 



The drum voices written In the same line cannot be played at the same time. 



The letters in ( ) are the abbreviation shown in the Display. 



2. Demonstration Program 

6 Tracks (6 songs) of sample program are stored in 
your composer. The procedure for initialization (see 
page 2) always restores the demo program. 



How to play the demo program 

® Make sure that the Display shows TRACK PLAY. 



MODE 



TRACK PLAY 



' Push the Strat/Stop Key ®. 



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The composer plays the demo program, and the 
Tempo Indicator blinks in the tempo of the music. 



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©Adjust the tempo with the Tempo Knob ®, and 
the volume with the Volume Knob ®. 



Slows down , ■_ 
the tempo 




Quickens Turns the 

. the tempo volume down 




Turns the 
. volume up 



Each time you push the Tempo/Measure Key ®, the 
Display changes between the tempo and measure. 



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# When the song is played up, the first measure 
automatically returns. 



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® To stop playing, push the Start/Stop Key ® again. 

(D To play other Track, push the relevant Track Num- 
ber Key ® as many times until the desired Track 
number is shown in the Display. Then repeat the 
steps @ to ®. 



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Summary of the Demo Program 

Track 1 Latin rock mainly using the latin percus- 
sions 

Track 2 8 beat rock using the preset rhythm 
patterns 

Track 3 Shaffle using the preset rhythm patterns 

Track 4 4 beat jazz 

Track 5 Samba using the preset rhythm patterns 

Tracks Reggae using the preset rhythm pat- 
terns 



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3. Playing the Preset Rhythm Patterns 



In the TR-505 48 different rhythm patterns (one 
pattern is one bar phrase.) are preprogrammed. 
These rhythm patterns are devided into 3 groups A, B 
and C, and numbered 1 to 16. 



As shown in "Preset Rhythm Pattems" on page 43 
and in the separate book "Preset Rhythm Scores", 
select the rhythm you like. 



® Without the composer playing, push the Mode Key 
® to turn to the Pattem Play mode. (The Display 
shows PATTERN PLAY.) 



• In the Pattern Play mode, the Main Keys O to 
work to select the pattern numbers 1 to 16. 



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PATTERN PLAY 



'Select the pattern group by pushing the Pattern 
Group Key ® (A, B or C). 



The Display shows the pattern group you have 
selected. 



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I Select the pattern number by pushing the relevant 
Main Key (O to ©). 



• The Display shows the pattern number you have 
selected. 



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iTo play the rhythm pattern you have selected, 
push the Start/Stop Key ®. 

Pushing the Tempo/Measure Key ® will cause 
the Display to show the tempo of the music cur- 
rently played. 



Even during pattern playing, you can change the 
rhythm patterns. When a new pattern is selected, 
it will be played from the following measure. 



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I To stop playing, push the Start/Stop Key ®. 



• Manual Playing Mode 

This mode enables you to add some more drum 
voices to the rhythm currently played by tapping the 
Instrument Keys (Main Keys O to (D). 



©While holding the Shift Key ® down, push the 
Manual Play Key ®. 



The Display will respond with: 



Shift Key- 



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t Hit the Main Keys (O to ® ), and the relevant drum 
voices will sound. Also, hitting the keys while hold- 
ing the Accent Key <E) will create the sound with 
accent. 



I If you wish to change the pattern numbers, turn 
the composer to the usual mode by pushing the 
Manual Key ® while holding the Shift Key (D 
down. 



The Display now shows the group and the number 
of the rhythm pattern currently selected. This 
means that the Main Keys /low work to change 
the pattern numbers. 



The Manual Play Mode can be entered in any other 
mode. (When the composer is in the Track Play 
mode, this Manual Play is always available without 
taking any special procedure.) 



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4. Volume Adjusting 



6 different volume levels are selectable for drum 
voices and also for the accent. 



©Turn to the Level Setting mode by pushing the 
Level Key ®. 



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) Push the appropriate Main Key of the drum voice 
whose volume you wish to change. 



The Display shows' the name of the drum voice 
you have called and its volume. When the com- 
poser is not playing, the above operation will make 
the drum voice sound at the set volume. 



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) To turn the volume up, press the Up Key ®, and to 
turn the volume down, press the Down Key ®. 
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Down Key 



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®When the composer is not playing, you can hear 
what it sounds lil<e by hitting the relevant Main Key. 



I !f you do not like the volume you set, repeat the 
step (D and ®- 



iTake the same procedures as <D, ® and ® for 
other voices. 



®To adjust the accent level, push the Accent Key 
then lake the step ®. 



The Display shows the current accent level. 



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) After adjusting all volumes of all the voices, push 
the Level Key to turn the composer to the usual 
mode. 



This Level Adjusting mode can be entered from 
any other mode. 



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5. Track Writing and Playing 

The TR-505 is a fully programmable rhythm machine, 
that is, you can make a complete tune by using var- 
ious rhythm patterns. In this manual we call this Track 
Writing. The composer allows you to make up to 6 
Tracks (6 tunes). 



[Example score] 16 beat Rock 



[ Track Writing ] 

Here, we write a track using only the preset rhythm 
patterns. 



® Push the Mode Key ® to turn to the Track Play 
Mode. (The Display shows TRACK PLAY.) 



> Select the Track (1 to 6) which you wish to use. 



® A-7 


® A-7 


® A-7 


® A-ll 


® A-7 


® A-7 


® A-7 


® A-13 


® A-8 


® A-8 


® A-8 


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If the composer is set to the Track Write mode, 
you cannot select the Track number. 



To select Track 1 or 4 

PATTERN GROUP 

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To select Track 2 or 4 



PATTERN GROUP 

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To select Track 3 or 6 



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'While holding the Shift Key ® down, push the 
Mode Key ® to turn to the Track Write Mode. 
(The Display shows TRACK WRITE.) 



The Main Keys now work for selecting the pattern 
number (1 to 16). 



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holding 

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TRACK WRITE 



@ To erase the data previously written In the Track, 
push the Enter Key ® while holding the Track 
Clear Key ® down. 






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Enter Key 



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I If you wish to monitor the rhythm patterns you are 
programming into a Track, push the Start/Stop Key 



I When you have written a wrong rhythm pattern, 
go to the bar where you made a mistal<e by using 
the Measure Back l<ey or Measure FonA^ard Key 
®, with the aid of the Display. Assign the correct 
rhythm pattern, then hit the Enter Key ®. 



Measure- 
Back Key 




I Select the rhythm pattern to be played at the 1st 
bar. In this example score, A-7 {pattern group A, 
pattern number 7) should be selected. 



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■Measure 
Forward Key 



® Push the Enter Key ®. 



iWhen you have completed to program up to the 
last bar, stop playing by pushing the Start/Stop 
Key. 



The rhythm pattern A-7 is now written into the 1 st 
measure. 



The Display now shows the 2nd measure. 



E Track Playing ] 

Now, let's play the Track you have written. 

® Push the Mode Key to turn to the Track Playing 
mode. 



I Select the rhythm pattern to be played at the 2nd 
bar. Here, it is the same as the one before (A-7), 
so skip and hit the Enter Key ®. 
The 3rd bar is the same case as the 2nd bar. 



>The rhythm pattern to be played for the 4th bar is 
A-11, so assign the pattern number 11, then hit 
the Enter Key. 



(Write the 5th to 16th bars as above. 



I Push the Start/Stop Key. 

The composer plays the rhythm patterns from the 
first bar, and when plays up to the last bar, starts 
playing from the first bar again. 



>To stop playing, push the Start/Stop Key. 

If you want to play the Track just once, write 
several blanks after the last bar of the Track, and 
push the Start/Stop Button while the blank bars 
are playing. 



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Track Editing 



Total bar numbers of a Track 



To replace a rhythm pattern with other one, turn the 
composer to the Track Writing mode, then take the 
step ® on page 17. Also, if you wish to add some 
more measures of rhythm patterns, again select the 
Track Writing mode, and push the Last Measure Key 
® to go to the last measure {—17th measure in this 
example), then repeat the steps ® to ®. 



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How many bars can be used for programming a Track 
depends on how many bars have been taken away 
for other 5 Track. Total of 423 bars are available for 
the 6 Tracks. 



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Track Number 


Bar 


Number 


1 




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2 




80 


3 




80 


4 




80 


5 




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Total 



423 



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Track Number 


8ar Number 


1 


200 


2 


200 


3 


23 


4 





5 





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Total 



423 



In this example, no more bar can be written In the 
Tracks 4, 5 and 6. 



in other words, if all of the 423 bars are used for a 
single Track, no bar is left for writing other Tracks. 
When no bar is left, the Display will respond with 
as shown below. Therefore, if you wish to write a 
Track, you have to erase a whole Track or that 
many bars to make a space. 



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6. Writing and Playing rhythm 
Patterns 



A pattern is a one bar phrase. We can write into 
memory a large number of patterns (up to 48) to 
recall later in any order we like, either manually or as 
a completely assembled track stored in memory. In 
practice, we will find it easier to write patterns in the 
same order we later assemble them into tracks, or 
complete tunes. 



There are two ways of writing patterns, 
a - Step Writing, in which we enter or toad one step 
at a time without worrying about tempo, 
b - Tap Writing, in which we write the rhythm pattern 
by tapping the Main Keys in time to a Rim shot pro- 
duced every quarter-beat by the composer. 



a. Before start writing 

Before writing rhythm patterns either in the Step 
Writing or Tap Writing, take the following steps ® to 



® With the composer stopped, hold the Shift Key ®, 
and without releasing it, press the Mode Key ® as 
many times until the Display shows STEP WRITE 
or TAP WRITE which you like. 



The Main Keys (1 to 1 6) here work to select Pat- 
tern Numbers. 



I Push any of the Pattern Group Keys (D, E or F), 
select a Pattern Group. 



The Display shows the pattern group you have 
selected. 



Rhythm patterns have been preprogrammed in the 
Pattern Groups A, B and C and they cannot be 
edited or rewritten. 



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I While holding the Pattern Clear Key ® down, 
select the Pattern Number where you wish to 
write the rhythm pattern using the Main Key. This 
erases the rhythm pattern previously written. 



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® Go to the "Step Writing" on page 20 or "Tap Writ- 
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b. Step Writing 



Take the above procedures <T) to ®. then write the 
rhythm pattern shown right. 



The score can be modified as shown below for easier 
Step Writing. 



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(D Push the Start/Stop Key ®. 



• The Tempo Indicator flashes. 



I To write the rhythm of the Bass Drum, press the 
Main Key (Bass Drum) while holding the Instru- 
ment Selector Key ®. 



The Display shows BD (Bass Drum). Here, regard 
the 16 Main Keys as an entire bar, and push the 
corresponding Main Keys where you wish to write 
the Bass Drum sound- 



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I We want the drum voice at the steps (positions) 1 , 
8, 9 and 11 , so push the Main Keys 1 , 8, 9 and 1 1 . 



®To go to the Accent Writing mode, push the 
Accent Key ® while holding the Instrument Selec- 
tor Key ® down. 



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The Display shows ACCENT, and the Main Keys 
now work to write accents. 



In the Display, "•" is shown where the drum voice 
is written. 



I We want the accents at the steps 1 , 5, 9 and 1 3, 
so push the Main Keys 1, 5, 9 and 13. 



If you have written a voice at a wrong step (posi- 
tion), simply press the same Main Key. Also, to 
erase the entire sound currently selected, keep 
pressing the Clear Key ® until no sound of that 
voice is heard. 



I Now, we have completed writing the example 
score. Push the Start/Slop Key ©, and the com- 
poser stops playing. 



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®To write more rhythm patterns, repeat the steps 
® and ® in "Before start writing", then Step Writ- 
ing procedure. 



1 Go to the Snare Drum by pushing the Snare Drum 
of the Main Key while holding the Instrument 
Selector Key © down. 



® To play the rhythm pattern you have written, go to 
"Pattern Playing Mode" on page 23. 



1 We want the snare drum at the steps 5 and 1 3, so 
push the Main Keys 5 and 13. 



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c. Tap Writing 

After taking the procedure of "Before start writing" on 
page 1 9, go to the following Tap Writing operation. 

This is writing a rhythm pattern by tapping the Main 
Keys to the metronome. 

CD Push the Start/Stop Key ®. 



If you make an error while the rhythm is running, 
hold down the Clear Key ®, and without releasing 
it, push the Main Key of that voice until that voice 
has disappeared. 



• The Tempo Indicator flashes in the tempo you 
have set. 

If the metronome sound is not heard here, push 
the Instrument Selector Key ®, and the metro- 
nome {crochet rim shot) will be heard with the 
accent at the head of the bar. 



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)Tap the Main Keys to the rim shot to make a 
rhythm pattern you like. 

In the same way as above, write accents by tapp- 
ing the Accent Key ®. 

If you wish to tap the Main Keys without writing 
into memory, turn the composer to the Manual 
Play mode. 

The shortest note here is a 1 6th note, and if you 
tap too slowly or quickly, it will be automatically 
written in the exact tempo of the 1 6th note. 

To stop the metronome, push the Instrument 
Selector Key ®. 

If you wish to see a certain voice of the rhythm you 
have written in the Display, press the Main Key of 
that voice while holding the Instrument Selector 
Key ® down. 



)When you have finished writing, push the Start/ 
Stop Key ®, and the composer stops writing and 
playing. 

Even while rhythm is running, you can change 
from Step Writing mode to Tap Writing mode or 
from the Tap Writing to the Step Writing, simply by 
pushing the Mode Key. So, if you have made an 
error in Tap Writing mode, you can immediately 
turn the composer to the Step Writing mode and 
correct the error wihout affecting any other part of 
the pattern data. To the contrary, you can add a 
more complecated rhythm in the Tap Writing 
mode to the rhythm pattern written in the Step 
Writing mode. 

If you wish to write more rhythm patterns, take 
the steps ® and ® in "Before start writing" on 
page 1 9, then repeat the Tap Writing operation. To 
play the rhythm pattern you have written, go to 
"Pattern Playing Mode" on page 23. 



[ NOTE ] 

If the drum voices listed on the same line on 
page 9, — Summary of Drum Voices are written 
into the same step, the one previously written 
will be erased. For instance, writing closed hihat 
over the open hihat will autonnatically erases the 
open hihat, the closed hihat taking over the 
place. 



22 



d. Pattern Playing 

How to play the rhythm pattern you have written 



(T) With the composer stopped, push the Mode Key 
® to turn to the Pattern Playing mode. 



e. Block Playing 

Adjacent rhythm patterns can be played in sequence. 
We call this Block playing. To play pattern 1 to 5 in 
sequence, push the Main Keys 1 and 5 together 
during the procedure ® of Pattern Playing, and the 
Display will show BLOCK. The patterns 1 to 5 will be 
played by pushing the Start/Stop Key. 



> Push the Pattern Group Key ® as many times until 
the Display shows the pattern group of the rhythm 
you wish to play. 

When the desired pattern group is already shown 
in the Display, you can skip this step. 



Zl 



©Assigning the pattern number of the rhythm you 
wish to play. 

When the desired pattern number is already 
shown in the Display, you can skip this step. 



f. Continue Start 

The TR-505 allows you to start playing the rhythm 
pattern from where it was stopped. Push the Start/ 
Stop Key ® while holding the Shift Key (D down. 



® Push the Start/Stop Key ®. 

The selected rhythm will be played repeatedly. 

While the rhythm is playing, you can change the 
pattern groups and pattern numbers at any time. 



While 
holding down 



I To stop the rhythm, push the Start/ Stop Key. 



Editing Rhythm Pattern 

Turn the composer to the Step Writing or Tap Writing 
mode, and take the procedures of correcting errors or 
writing. No need to erase the rhythm pattern and 
write it aga^n. 



23 



7. About Last Step and Scale 



The default setting is 4/4 time. That is, whenever a 
rhythm pattern is erased, the TR-505 autonnatically 
selects 4/4 time. This can be always seen in the Dis- 
play. 



SCALE 


J J J J 


PATTERN 


































STEP 


1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


9 10!llll2|l3|l4|l5|l6| 



The above picture shows that four steps are assigned 
to a quater note, this means that a step is a sixteenth 
note. In this case, it is not possible to write a rhythm 
pattern with thirty-second notes or shuffle or swing 
which use triplets. To solve this problem, the TR-505 
features 4 different scales. 



SCALE 



PATTERN 



CI 



SCALE 



PATTERN 



J 



^-:lMlr|»l:#L-W I I I I I I I 



1 Step consists of 



1 Step consists of 






SCALE 



PATTERN 



j^ j^ p p S' j^ rttlllllll 



M 



1 Step consists 



rn 



SCALE 



PATTERN 



/J^J^/J^;;/ 



1 Step consists of 



mm 



'■*- •*i ^J (a quarter note) 



24 



Selecting a scale 



How to set the last step 



(T) Make sure that the composer is stopped and in 
the Step Writing or Tap Writing mode. 



I Push the Scale Key ® as many times until the Dis- 
play shows the scale you want. 



See the Step in the Display. It has only 12 steps. This 
means that the rhythm will be played up to the 1 2th 
steps, then returns to the first step. That is, this is the 
rhythm of 3/4 time. The preset rhythms B-1 to B-16 
also need 12 steps. 

The number of the steps can be changed, which we 
call "setting the last step". 



D 



® Make sure that the composer is stoped and in the 
Step Writing or Tap Writing mode. 



Select the preset rhythm C-15 (Walz), and the Dis- 
play responds with : 



SCALE 


J J J J 


PATTERN 


































STEP 


1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 



> While pushing the Last Step Key ® down, set the 
step number needed for your rhythm by pushing 
the appropriate Main Key (1 to 16). 

The Display Window shows the step number you 
have set. 



e.g.) Setting the Last Step to 12. 

MID TOM 
LiSt SItP 

While 
f^^ holding down 



m 



25 



8. Useful Functions in Pattern Writing Mode 
a. Copying a Rhythm Pattern 

A rhythm pattern can be copied from one memory 
location to another. After copying, the pattern will 
remain in its original location as well as appearing in 
the new location you have chosen. This function is 
useful for when writing several similar rhythm pat- 
terns or changing the order of the patterns. 



(£> Make sure that the composer is not playing. 

® Enter the Step Writing or Tap Writing mode. 

©Assign the new location {pattern number) which 
your pattern is copied to, by using the Pattern 
Group Button ® and the Pattern Number Button 
■ (Main Key 1 to 16}. 

® While holding the Shift Key down, push the Copy 
Key (Main Key 1 1 ), and the Pattern Group Button 
and the Pattern Number assigning your source 
pattern, then the Enter Key. 



Example Operation 

Copying Preset Rhythm A-5 to D-1. 

Assign the pattern group (D) and the pattern number (1). 



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It is not possible to copy the chained patterns alto- 
gether at a time. You need to copy the pattern one by 
one, then chain the patterns. (See page 27.) 



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b. Chaining Patterns 



The Chaining function allows two or more patterns to 
be chained together so that they are played as one. 
This is useful for any rhythm pattern consisting of 
more than 16 steps {e.g. 1 step— _| or odd times 
such as 5/4 or 7/8). 



® Make sure that the composer is not playing. 



I Enter the Pattern Writing mode, and select the 
pattern group by using the Pattern Group Button. 



Sample Score 



1 Hold down the Main Keys that belong the first and 
the last pattern numbers to be chained, and while 
still holding these, push the Enter Key ®. 

The Display shows CHAIN. 

To drop a pattern from the Chain, hold the relevant 
Main Key down, and push the Enter Key ®. 



This Chain function naturally is available for the 
adjacent patterns. 

When one of chained rhythm patterns is erased, 
the Chain itself will disappear. 



nm 1 m m 



Pattern 1 
Scale - / 
Last Step - 8 



Pattern 2 

Scale - ^ 
Last step - 6 



Pattern 3 
Scale - J' 
Last step — 4 



In the above score, the third beat is 1/16 triplet, therefore a rhythm 
cannot be made in one pattern. To solve this problem, divide the 
rhythm pattern into 3 patterns; 1, 2 and 3, then set the scale and last 
step of each pattern. Write these patterns then chain them into onfe 
pattern. 



27 



9. Other Useful Functions 

[ Track Editing ] 

You may find on listening to your Track, that you iiave 
made an error. The TR-505 allows you to replace the 
wrong pattern in a certain bar with a correct one, add 
or delete patterns, etc. This editing function, how- 
ever, requires you to assign the bar number correctly. 



a. Assigning a Bar 

There are two methods for assigning a bar number. 
One is by using the Back Key and Fonvard Key, and 
other is by using the Number Keys (Main Keys). 

Using the Back and the Forward Keys 

Push the Forward Key ® which advances one bar at 
a time as many times until you come to the right bar. 

Push the Back Key ® which backs up one bar at a 
time, as many times until you come to the right bar. 



I While holding the Shift Key down, assign the first 
bar number you want to delete by using the Main 
Keys. 



1 While holding the Shift Key down, push the Delete 
Key (Main Key 13), assign the last bar number to 
be deleted, then the Enter Key. (This is the same 
operation as shown on page 30.) 



To delete up to the end of the Track, instead of 
assigning the last bar number, push the Last Mea- 
sure Key ® (with the Shift Key down, push the 
Delete, Last Measure then Enter). (Refer to the 
example shown on page 31 .) 



To delete a single bar, while holding the Shift Key 
down, push the Delete, then the Enter." (Refer to 
the example shown on page 32.) 



Using the Number Keys (Main Keys 1 to 10) 

Assign the bar number by holding the Shift Key down 
while punching the bar number on the Main Keys 1 to 
10 (press 1 and 6 for bar number 16), and push the 
Enter Key. 



c. Insert 

You can insert any single pattern or block of patterns 
into a Track, 

(D Enter the Track Writing mode. 



b. Delete 

You can delete any pattern or series of patterns from 
a Track. To delete a sequence of patterns, you assign 
the first and last bars of the sequence before remov- 
ing them from the Track. 

® Enter the Track Writing mode. 



'Assign the bar number after which you wish to 
insert a pattern, by pushing the appropriate Main 
Key while holding the Shift Key down. 



® Select the pattern you wish to insert by using the 
Pattern Group Key and the Main Key. 

® While holding the Shift Key down, push the Insert 
Key (Main Key ®), then the Enter Key. (Refer to 
the example shown on page 33.) 

* You can also insert a block of patterns. Assign the 
first and the last bar numbers of the block by push- 
ing the relevant Main Keys at a time. 



28 



d. Copy 

You can copy a sequence of rhythm patterns you 
have written in a Track. 



® Enter the Track Writing mode. 



©Assign the bar number from which you wish the 
new patterns to begin, by holding the Shift Key 
down while pushing the appropriate Main Key, 
then push the Enter Key. 



[ Functions in Track Playing Mode ] 

e. Playing Track from the bar you like 

(D Call the bar from which you wish the Track to play, 
as shown in "a. Assigning a Bar" on page 28. 



® Push the Start/Stop Key © while holding the Shift 
Key (D down. 

The Track will play from the bar you have 
assigned. 



'While holding the Shift Key down, push the Copy 
(Main Key 1 1 ), the appropriate Main Keys (1 to 1 0) 
assigning the starting bar number, the Enter Key, 
and the ending bar number, then the Enter Key. Be 
sure that all are done while the Shift Key is being 
held down. (Refer to the example copy on page 
34.) 



f. Last Measure 

When the composer is stopped, hold the Last Mea- 
sure Key ® down. The last bar number of the Track 
currently selected and its rhythm pattern are shown 
in the Display. 



' You cannot copy to the bar number that is included 
in the sequence of the bars to be copied. For 
example, you cannot copy bars 5 to 10 to the 
bar 9. 

• You cannot copy the bars in a Track to a different 
Track. 



- inst/metro 



n 



LAST MEAS 



NOTE 

When you have taken a wrong operation, the Display 
responds with: 



TRACK 




PATTERN 


MODE 


f 
1 





D 1 
1 


PATTERN PLAY 



Repeat the copying procedure correctly. 



[ Functions available in any mode ] 

g. Start/Stop with the Pedal Switch 

Connect the pedal switch as shown below, and the 
composer can be started or stopped by pressing the 
pedal. 




29 



Example Delete 



To delete 21st to 24th bar. 




Before deleting 



\i After deleting 



(D Recall the 21st measure (Bar Assign). 



Take Delete procedure and delete up to 24th bar. 



Main 
Key 2 



Main 
Key! 



V 



Enter 
Key 



D I 
L I 



V 



m\ 



Main 
Key 2 



Main 
Key 4 



Enter 

Key 






MEASURE 



DU 
L I 






30 



To delete 25th to the last bar. 



t 2 3 4 



12 3 4 




Before deleting 



After deleting 



® Recall the 25th bar. 



V 



Main 
Key 2 



Main 
Key 5 



Enter 
Key 



L ^1 



Delete up to the last bar. 



Q 






V 



Enter 
Key 






MEASURE 



DO 
CO 



fiEASURE 



DU 

L I 



31 



To delete only 19th bar. 



I 2 3 ■< , , n 1 3 I9/|20 21 22 23 24 



Before deleting 



I 2 2 d 17 18 |fl9 20 21 22 23 



After deleting 



(D Recall the 19th bar. 



Take Delete precedure. 



V 



Main 

Key 9 



Enter 
Key 






m 



V 



Enter 
Key 






lO 

III 



32 



Example Insert 

• To insert a Rhythm Pattern into the 3rd bar. 

,1 1 3 4 5 6 7 




^j Before inserting 



-|| After inserting 



;;C)ipA?n-5 



Recall the 3rd bar. 



Main 
Keys 



Ol 



Enter 
Key 



V 



^1 



Select the Rhythm Pattern (3) Take insert procedure. 

(Pattern Group, Pattern Number). 



DDD 



EO 



Enter 
Key 



V 



MEASURE 



I 



n ID 



33 



Example Copy 

• To copy 13th to 16th measures into the 19th measure. 

17 13 19 20 21 ^j 26 21 £3 „ Before copying 




I g 3 4 II 13 13 14 IS 16 r? \zV\'i/zn/Z\/,2r 23 2A 2S 30 31 32 ., p^f^^^ copying 



® Recall the 19th bar. 



' Take copy procedure and copy 13th to 16th bar. 



V 



Main 
Keyl 



Enter 
Key 



D^^ 








Main 
Key 9 






QHEBI 








V 



Msin 
Key 11 
(Copv Key) 



D 



Main 
Keyl 



Main 
Key 3 



Enter 
Key 



Main 
Keyl 



Main 
Key 6 



Enter 
Key 



LTD 



ID 
1^1 



IC 
lO 



MEASURE 

C Zl 



34 



m TAPE INTERFACE 

The TR-505's Tape Interface allows the Tracks writ- 
ten into memory to be stored on a tape. 

If saving cannot be done after all, use a different tape 
recorder. 



It may be a good idea to verify if the data has been 
successfully saved every time to prevent the loss of 
important data. The data saved on a tape can be 
loaded back to the TR-505 at any time you like. 

All the saving, verification and loading procedures 
should be done with the composer set to the Track 
Playing mode and stopped. 



a. Saving 

First of all, connect the tape recorder and the com- 
poser as shown below. 





® Start the tape recorder on record. 



I While holding the Shift Key <D down, press the 
Save (Main Key ®), then the Enter Key. 



The Display responds with as below showing that 
it is now in the saving mode. 



While 



holding down |g 



c 



I When the saving sign in the Display disappears 
from the Display, stop the tape recorder. 



For about 5 seconds after the Enter Key is 
pressed, the Pilot tone is heard, then it is followed 
by the modulated tone which carries the data. 



To stop saving during the saving, push the Main 
Key!. 

To ensure if the data has been properly saved, go 
to the Verification on the next page. 



35 



b. Verification 

Change the connection of the tape recorder and the 
composer to as shown below. (The same jack is used 
on the TR-505.} 





Tape In/Out Jack 








Headphones Jack 
Earphones Jack 




TR-SOS 




T-r- 










1 1 




•^^ 




° ( 






1 1 1 1 1 


1 O *_J U o 1 














rV 



® Play back the tape, and start the tape recorder 
from where you hear the pilot tone. 



) While holding the Shift Key ® down, push the 
Verify Key {Main Key 15), then the Enter Key. 



On pressing the Verify Key, the display responds 
with: 



CLOSED m-MAT 



While 

holding down Q ^'j:|jlii^'^ 




When verification starts, the Tempo Indicator 
lights up. 

To stop verification during verifying, push the 
Main Key 1 . 



When the saving has not been properly done, error 
indication as shown below will appear in the Dis- 
play. 




!f this happens, stop the tape recorder, and repeat 
the verification with a different volume setting. 

If the error indication still remains no matter how 
many times you try, repeat saving procedure. If it 
is still not remedied, try saving with a different 
tape recorder. 



36 



c. Loading 

Connect the composer and the tape recorder in the 
same way as verification. 



® While playing back the tape, and wind back the 
tape to the start of the pilot tone, then stop the 
tape recorder. 



> Start the tape recorder on play. 



) While holding the Shift Key ® down, push the 
Load Key {Main Key 16), then the Enter Key. 



While holding 
down E 



On pressing the Load Key, the Display responds 
with: 



I 

L. 



When loading starts, the Tempo Indicator lights 
up. 

To stop loading during loading, push the Main 
Keyl. 



37 



\6\ MIDI 



The TR-505 has two MIDI Connectors, IN and OUT. 
(See the separate volume "MIDI"), If the composer is 
connected through its MIDI OUT to another instru- 
ment's MIDI IN, then the composer will control that 
instrument, and vice-versa. 

The TR-505 can transmit and receive the following 
MIDI messages. 

1. Trigger signal for the individual voice. (Key mes- 
sage is used.) 

2. Track Number (Song Select) message 

3. Bar Number (Song Position Pointer) message 

4 Synchro signal such as Tempo Clock, Start/Stop, 
etc. 

MIDI Key 

When the composer is stopped, push the MIDI Key 
® while holding the Shift Key <D down. Each time 
you push the MIDI Key, the MIDI function and its sett- 
ing shown in the Display change as shown below; 
MIDI Sync On/Off, OMNI Mode On/Off, Receive 
MIDI channel number 1 to 16, Key number of the 
drum voice 25 to 99, Transmit MIDI channel number 
of the drum voice 1 to 16. 



MIDI Function I Setting 



n 



MIDI SYNC 



n 



D 



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On 



in 
tu 



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1 1 




BD 1 1 












nor 


DC 





INSTRUIdT 


i 1 1 


1 1 1 






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! 1 1 
















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o 



V 



O MIDI Sync 

on : Syncs to external device 

of '■ Does not sync to external device 

o OMNI Mode 

on : Receives the Messages of all the Channels. 

of '■ Receives the message of the set receive Channel. 

O Receive Channel Number 

In this example : Channel 10 is selected. 

o Key Number of the drum voice 

In this example : Key number of Bass Drum — 35 

To see the Key number of other drum voice, push the 

corresponding Main Key. 

o Transmit Channel of the drum voice 

In this example : Transmit channel of Bass Drum - 10 
To see the transmit channel of other drum voice, push 
the relevant main Key. 



38 



To change the Setting of each MIDI function, call the 
MIDI function whose setting you wish to change, and 
go to the relevant procedure (following a to e) WITH 
THE SHIFT KEY STILL HELD DOWN. 

The MIDI functions you have set will be retained even 
when the composer is switched off. 



a. Setting MIDI Sync 

If you wish to control the TR-505 with the sync signal 
from the external device, push the Up Key ®, and if 
not, push Down Key ®. 



With the Display still showing the function. 




D 

DOWN 

D 



on 



ut 



When this MIDI Sync is set to ON, the TR-505 is con- 
trolled by the sync signal of the external device. This 
can be understood by the indication in the Display as 
shown right. 



b. Setting OMNI Mode 

OMNI ON mode makes the receiver recognize voice 
messages in all channels without discrimination. To 
select this OMNI ON mode, push the Up Key ®. To 
select the OMNI OFF mode which makes the 
receiver recognize the messages exclusively in the 
set receive channel, push the Down Key ®. 



c. Changing the Receive Channels 

To change to the MIDI channel number higher than 
the current one, push the Up Key ®. and to decrease 
the number, push the Down Key ®. (CH 1 to 16 are 
available.) 




With the Display still showing the function. 



While 

holding 

down 



D 

DOWN 

in 



on 






With the Display still showing the function. 





UP 

^■ 

1 1 

DOWN 

»■ 


1 1 
1 / 


■CSM 


While 
holding 




down 


tn 



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d. Changing the Key Numbers 
(Assigning Key Numbers to 
the Composer's Drum Voices) 

The key number assigned to each drum voice is for 
both transmitting and receiving. Any key number can 
be assigned to each drum voice later, but let's see 
the initial setting from the manufacturer. 









(37) 


(39) 
HCP 






(«) 
CH 


(4a) 


(46) 
OH 






(49) 
CRASH 


(51) 
RIOE 


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(61) 


(63) 
LC 






(66) 


(68) 
LOB 




(35) 
BG 


(3 


6) 


(38) 
SO 


(1 


0) 


L 



7 


(13) 


(15) 
MT 


(.ii) 


(18) 
HT 


(50) 


(SI) 

// 


(60) 
1 


(62) 
HC 


(64) 


(65) 
TB 


(67) 
HCB 


(69) 




20 


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tav 


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we 


r than 


Mi 


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Middle C Key 





















How to assign a Key number to a drum voice on 
the composer: 

® Push the Main Key that corresponds to the drum 
voice whose key number you wish to change. 

The Display shows the selected drum voice and 
the key number currently assigned. 



)To change the key number to the higher number 
than the current one, push the Up Key ®, and to 
decrease the number, push the Down Key ®. 
(The lowest number: 25, the highest: 99) 



e. Changing the Transmit Channels 
(of the Drum Voices) 

A transmit channel can be assigned to each drum 
voice, therefore, several MIDI sound modules can be 
played at a time. 

Channel 10 is assigned to all the voices at the manu- 
facture. 

How to change the transmit channels: 

(D Push the Main Key that corresponds to the drum 
voice whose transmit channel you wish to change. 

The Display shows the selected drum voice and its 
MIDI channel number currently set. 

(5) To change to the number higher, push the Up Key 
®, and to decrease the number, push the Down 
Key ®. (CH 1 to 16 are available.) 



40 



Sync using MIDI 

1 . Sync with the slave devices 









MIDI 










MIDI 








Master 








j Slave 












TR-SOS 


OUT 


IN 

Sequencer 
MSQ-IOO 
MSO-700 


OUT 


IN 

Keyboard 
JUNO- 106 

jx-ap 


OUT 



Sound Module for sequencer 
When the Start/Stop Key on the TR-505 is pushed, the slave device will start playing in the tempo of the TR-505. 



CD Set all the receivers to OMN! OFF modes. 



' Set the receivers so that they can run with the TR- 
505'$ sync signal. (Refer to the owner's manual of 
each device.) 



2. Sync to the master devices 



MID! 





MIDI 






MID 








1 


~» 






IN OUT 

MIDI OUT 
THRU 
80X 
MM-4 OUT 

OUT 


IN OUT 
Keyboard 
JUNO-:06 
JX-8P, etc. 




(Master) | 




MIC 


IN OUT 
Sequencer 
MSQ-IOO 
700 






IN 

















Slave 



The Start/Slop and tempo of the TR-505 are controlled by the master device such as the sequencer. 



® Set the' composer's MIDI Sync function to ON. 



t Set the composer to OMNI OFF mode. 



41 



3. Using the TR-505 as a MIDI sound 
module 



® Set the composer to OMNI OFF mode. 

When using only one transmitter, you can skip the 
step 1 and 2. 



1 Match the MIDI channel numbers of the transmit- 
ters to the composer's receive channel. 



I Match the transmitters and the key numbers of 
the composer. 



The volume of the drum sound is determined by 
the MIDI Velocity messages. It is not affected by 
the level set on the TR-505. 



4. Transmitting MIDI message from 
the compsoer 

In such a setup as belov^', the MIDI messages sent 
from the composer are received by the connected 
instruments such other rhythm machine and synthes- 
izer, making them sound. 









■ 


' 






1 






'■ 


OUT 
TR-505 




IN THRU 
Keyboard 
JUNO-106 
JX-8P JX-3P 




IN THRU 

Keyboard 

JUNO-106 

JX-8P 




IN 

Rhythm Machine 

TR-707 
TR-727 



Receive channel 11 



Receive channel 12 



Receive Channel 13 



® Set the receivers to OMNI OFF mode. 



I Match the transmit MIDI channel of each drum 
voice to the receiver's MIDI channel. 



t Match the key numbers of the composer to the 
receivers. 



The volume of each drum voice set on the com- 
poser does not affect receiver's volume. This can be 
useful for listenning to the sounds of the 
external instruments with the composer's volume 
set to 0. 



42 



RHYTHM NOTE 

Pattern Group A 



1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


8 Beat 
Rock 1 


8 Beat 
Rock 2 


8 Beat 
Rock 3 


8 Beat 
Rock 4 


Disco 


Electric 
Pop 


16 Beat 
Rock 1 


16 Beat 
Rock 2 


9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 


Fill In 
2/4 1 


Fill In 
2/4 2 


Fill In 
4/4 1 


Break 


Fill In 
4/4 2 


Fill In 
4/4 3 


Fill In 
4/4 4 


Fill In 
4/4 5 



Pattern Group B (Triplet Time Rhythm) 



1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


Shuffle 
1 


Shuffle 
2 


Shuffle 
3 


Shuffle 
4 


Shuffle 

5 


Shuffle 
6 


Shuffle 

7 


4 Beat 
1 


9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 


Fill In 
4/4 1 


Fill In 
4/4 2 


Fill In 
2/4 1 


Fill In 
4/4 3 


Fill In 
4/4 4 


Fill In 
4/4 5 


Fill In 
4/4 6 


4 Beat 

2 



Pattern Group C {Latin Rhythm, etc.) 



1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


Rock 
Bossa 1 


Rock 
Bossa 2 


Samba 
1 


Samba 

2 


Reggae 
1 


Reggae 
2 


Mambo 


March 


9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 


Bossa nova 
1 


Bossanova 

2 


Sannba 
3 


Samba 
Fill In 


Reggae 
Fill In 1 


Reggae 
Fill In 2 


. Waltz 


Waltz 
(Tripret) 



43 



RHYTHM NOTE 

Pattern Group 



1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


















9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 



















Pattern Group 



1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


















9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 



















Pattern Group 



1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


















9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 



















44 



Pattern Group 



1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


















9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 



















Pattern Group 



1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


















9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 



















Pattern Group 



1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


a 


















9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 



















45 



PATTERN NOTE 



Pattern Group : 

Pattern S '■ 
Scale : 



STEP 

LAST STEP 
BASS DRUM 
SNARE DRUM 
LOW TOM 
MID TOM 
HI TOM 
TIMBALE 
RIM SHOT 
HAND CUP 
OPEfJ HI-HAT 
CLOSED HI-HAT 
LOW CONGA 
HI CONGA 
LOW COWBELL 
HI COWBELL 
CRASH CYMBAL 
RIDE CYMBAL 
ACCENT 



12 13 



15 16 



Pattern Group 

Pattern S : 
Scale : 



10 II 



12 13 14 15 



STEP 

LAST STEP 
BASS DRUM 
SNARE DRUM 
LOW TOM 
MID TOM 
HI TOM 
TIMBALE 
RIM SHOT 
HAND CLAP 
OPEN HI-NAT 
CLOSER HI-HAT 
LOW CONGA 
HI CONGA 
LOW COWBELL 
HI COWBELL 
CRASH CYMBAL 
RIDE CYMBAL 
ACCENT 



10 II 



12 13 14 IS 



10 II 



12 13 14 15 16 



46 



Pattern Group 

Pattern S '■ 
Scale : 



STEP 

UST STEP 
BASS DRUM 
SNARE DRUM 
LOW TOM 
MID TOM 
HI TOM 
TIMBALE 
RIM SHOT 
HAND CLAP 
OPEN HI-HAT 
CLOSED Hl-HAT 
LOW COfJGA 
HI CONGA 
LOW COWBELL 
HI COWBELL 
CRASH CYMBAL 
RIDE CYMBAL 
ACCENT 



Pattern Group : 

Pattern ft : 
Scale : 



STEP 

LAST STEP 
BASS DRUM 
SNARE DRUM 
LOW TOM 
MID TOM 
HI TOM 
TIMBALE 
RIM SHOT 
HAND CLAP 
OPEN HI -NAT 
CLOSER HI-HAT 
LOW CONGA 
HI CONGA 
LOW COWBELL 
HI COWBELL 
CRASH CYMBAL 
RIDE CYMBAL 
ACCENT 



2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 15 16 



I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 15 16 



I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 15 IS 



2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 J5 16 



47 



Pattern Group 

Pattern S : 
Scale : 



STEP 

LAST STEP 
BASS DRUM 
SNARE DRUM 
LOW TOM 
MID TOM 
HI TOM 
TIM BALE 
RIM SHOT 
HAND CLAP 
OPEN HI-HAT 
CLOSED HI-HAT 
LOW CONGA 
HI CONGA 
LOW COWBELL 
HI COWBELL 
CFWSH CYMBAL 
RIDE CYMBAL 
ACCENT 



Pattern Group : 

Pattern tf : 
Scale : 



STEP 

LAST STEP 

BASS DRUM 
SNARE DRUM 
LOW TOM 
MID TOM 
HI TOM 
TIM8ALE 
RIM SHOT 
HAND CLAP 
OPEN Hl-NAT 
CLOSER HI-HAT 
LOW CONGA 
HI CONGA 
LOW COWBELL 
HI COWBELL 
CRASH CYMBAL 
RIDE CYMBAL 
ACCENT 



I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 1 12 13 U 15 16 



I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 15 16 



I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 15 16 



I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 15 16 



48 



[7] SPECIFICATIONS 

TR-505 Rhythm Composer 

Preset Rhythm Patterns 

48 kinds (16 X Pattern Group A to C) 

Users Programmabre Rhythm Patterns ■ 

48 kinds (16 X Pattern Groups D to F) 

Tempo 40 to 240 

Tracks 6 tracks (423 bars altogether) 

Step Number 1 to 16 steps 

Drum Voices (1 6 voices) 
Bass Drum 
Snare Drum 

Low Tom/Mid Tom/Hi Tom/Timbaie 
Rim Shot/Hand Clap 
Open Hi-Hat/Closed Hi-Hat 
Low Conga/Hi Conga 
Low Cowbell/Hi Cowbel! 
Crash Cymbal/Ride Cymbal 

Accent 

Controls & Indicators 

Start/Stop Key 
Shift Key 

Main Keys (1 to 16) 
Enter Key/Accent Key 
Clear Key 
Mode Key 
Pattern Mode 
Track Mode Key 
Scale Key 
Back Key 
Last Step Key 
Forward Key 



Instrument Select/Metronome Key 

Last Measure Key 

Pattern Group Key 

Track Number Key 

Tempo/Measure Key 

MIDI Key 

Level Key 

Manual Play Key 

Up Key 

Down Key 

Tempo Knob 

Volume Knob 

Tempo Indicator 

Display Window 

Rear Panel 

Mono/Stereo Out Jack (R) 
Stereo Out Jack (L) 
Headphones Jack 
Start/Stop Jack (DP-2) 
Tape In/Out Jack 
MIDI IN Connector 
MIDI OUT Connector 
Power Switch 
AC Adaptor Jack 

Consumption 30mA 

Dimensions 305(W) X 175(D) x 75(H) mm 

12-7/16" X 6-7/8" X 2-3/16" 

Weight 820g/l lb 13 02 

Accessories Batteries {UM3 X 6) 
Owner's manual 
Guide book MIDI 

Options AC Adaptor BOSS PSA-120. 

220 or 240) 
Pedal Switch DP-2 



49 



^Roland 



TR-505 OPERATION TABLE 



Mode Setting 



PATTERN PLAY t 



TRACK PLAY 
I TRACK WRITE | *-i 



1 

--W— ' 1 I 

■Iq STEP WRITE I 



TAP WRITE h --' 



MODE I 27 r~ Number of the button 
' ' (Corresponding Panel Description) 



— Cj^jFiKL^^S 



Recallingithe>Dern6nWatidnPidyiamM 



MODE I 27 LJ PATTERN GROUP A(D1 1 29 1 ' ^^'^^^ \^'^' 



-Selecting a Track i6;Tr|icks):^oiil^nt^ 



Track 1 1 Track Number 1 (4) \ 29 I 




Track 2 | Track Number 2 (5) | 29 | 




Tfack 3 1 Track Number 3 (6) | 29 | 




Track 4 1 Track Number 1 (4) | 29 tl 


1 1 




Track 5 | Track Number 2 (5) | 29 h 


1 1 




Track 6 | Track Number 3 (6) | 29 h 


1 'i ' 1 



(twice) 
(twice) 
(twice) 



11 



Selecting a Pattei-11 (96 Pai^ 






Set the Composer to the PATTERN PLAY mode, the STEP WRITE 
mode or the TAP WRITE mode. When in the STEP WRITE mode, 
the TAP WRITE mode, rhythm should be in stop, and 



['^™|'^^I^Q[{y-^-^' | PATTERN GROUP A(D).B(E).C(F)| 29 

PATTERN GROUP D.E.F , , , 

({in the STEP WRITE mode + | MAIN KEY 1-16 | 1-16 | 
or the TAP WRITE mode)) 



PATTERN GROUP D,E,F I PATTERN GROUP A(D),B(E),C(F) I 29 h 

(user-created RHYTHM) T -^ h — ' 

({In the PATTERN PLAY ^ 

mode)) (twice) 



|MA1NKEY1~16| 1~16| 



W^fMi^S^^^^M 



12 



Set the Composer to the PATTERN PLAY mode, the STEP WRITE 
mode or the TAP WRITE mode. When in the STEP WRITE mode, 
the TAP WRITE mode, rhythm should be in stop, 

| mainkeyi-i6|i: T?1 I^^^'nkeyi-.g II:]?] 



23 



Start, Stop, Continue Start 



START 



STOP 



START/STOP [is] | START/STOP | 18 | 



* CONTINUE START 



I , 1 IcONTI 18 I 

|shift|i7| ' ' -; 



10 



23 



When in the TRACK PLAY mode. 



MAIN KEY 1-16 1-16 



When in the mode except for the TRACK PLAY mode. 
Setting Manual Play mode on/off 



SHIFT I 17 



MANUAL PLAY 20 



[main KEY 1-16 I 1-16 I 



',Sl|tting'Ei^cnVQice>: Level 



13 



Setting Level mode on/off 
I LEVEL |20] 



I MAIN KEY 1-16 I 1-16 | + [ | UP | 31 | ), ( |D0WN| 30 
desired voice. 



Set the Composer to STEP WRITE or TAP WRITE mode. 
Rhythm is in stop. 



14 



CLEAR 22 



I MAIN KEY 1-16 I 1-16] 



19 



Setting the Seal e; 



Set the Composer to STEP WRITE or TAP WRITE mode. 
When rhythm is in stop. 

I SCALE I 23 I [7 



J 



J 



J 



}< }> !>!< i> i> >P }> >J>!>PP PP 



i>P!>pppi>p 



25 



Set the Composer to STEP WRITE or TAP WRITE mode. 
When rhythm is in stop. 

I LAST STEP I 24 I I^ AIN KEY 1-16 | 1-16 | 



25 



(The numbers at the right relevant pages in the manuaL) 



Step Writing 



■'-~'/£-'^;v;;s '^}i^4''^^'--Jf^-'f'i}:"i^^:ii^f-':^l^^^^0^ 



Set the Composer to the STEP WRITE mode. 
1 . Start the rhythm 



I START/STOP [18 I 
2. Select a voice to be written. 



t.N.T/MPTRn |... l ^ ^^AINKEY1-16|1M6 | 

3. Select the steps where you want the drum voice. 

I MAIN KEY 1 |T1 iMAINKEYIsfii" 

4. Repeal the procedure 2 and 3. 

5. Select an accent. 

| lNST/METRO|25l ' ^"'^^^'^ '^^ 1 

6. Select the steps where you want accent. 

7. Stop the rhythm. 



START/STOP 18 



Set the Composer to the TAP WRITE mode, 
1. Start the rhythm. 



START/STOP 18 



2. Turning on/off Metronome. (Crotchet RIM SHOT) 



INST/METRO 25 



3. Tap Main Keys. 



|MAINKEY1-16| 1-16| 

5. Clearing a Drum Voice. 
|CLEARl22 l [ ^'NKEY1-16 | 1-16| 

6. Stop the rhythm. 



4. Tap writing of accent. 
I ACCENT I 19 I 



START/STOP 18 



Set the composer to the STEP WRITE mode or the TAP WRITE 
mode. When rhythm is in stop. 

1. Assign a new location (Pattern Number). 

I PAHERN GROUP D-F |"^ + | MAIN KEY 1-16| 1-16 

2. Assign your source Pattern, then execute copying. 

I SHIPTln l [^0PV(MAINKEY11)|11 | 



20 



21 



PATTERN GROUP AiC | 29f ] 
I D-F I 29 



MAINKEY1-16h-16| [ENTER] 19 



26 



Chaining. Function 



Set the Composer to the STEP WRITE mode or the TAP WRITE 
mode. When rhythm is in stop. 



[main KEY 1-16] l-ieLjMAIN KEY 1-16 1 1-161 Li!iIgli|J 



Cancel the Chain Function 
I MAIN 



1 1 I ENTER I 19 I 

KEY 1-16| 1-16 1 ' ' \ 



The number of the Pattern to be dropped. 



27 



Set the Composer to the TRACK WRITE mode. 
1 . Clear the existing Patterns written in the TRACK. 



CLEAR I 22 L 



ENTER 19 



2. Start the rhythm (When you want to monitorj. 



START/STOP 18 



3. Select the Patterns to be written into the Track, 
a) Single Pattern 



I PAHERN GROUP A-C | 29} i + | MAIN KEY 1-16 | 1-16 



D~F I 29 



b) Slock Patterns 



I PATTERN GROUP A~C | 29f ^ 
I D-F I 29 



i MAINKEYl-iell lT^ I MAIN KEY 1-16 I i^ 

4. Excute writing Patterns. 
I ENTER I Tg] 

5. Repeat procedure 3 and 4 as many times. 

6. Stop the rhythm. (When the rhythm is running) 



16 









Set the Composer to the TRACK PLAY mode or the TRACK 
WRITE mode. When rhythm is in stop. 



A. SHIFT 17 



I MAIN KEY 1-10 I 1~10]---[ ENTER | 19. 



Bar Number 



B. Forward a Bar 
I FWD |"24] 

C. Back a Bar 

I BACK I 23] 



28 



Delete 



Set the Composer to the TRACK WRITE mode. 
When rhythm is in stop. 

1 . Set the Bar where deleting starts. 







1 MAIN KEY 1-10 1 1-10 1- 


--I ENTER 


19| 


1 SHIFT 


17l 








, 






Y 

Bar Number 







2. Delete 

a) Deleting a Single 83 r. 

1 I DEL I 13 I I ENTER [ 19 



SHIFT. 



b) Deleting Bars. 

I 1 L I DEL I 13| ! MAIN KEY 1-10 I 1-10 I-- 

I SHIFT I ItI ' ' — ' ' ' ' 



the Bar where deleting ends. 
--- [ENTER I 19] 



c) Deleting to the last Bar. 

I , ,|DEl113||LASTMEAS|25||ENTER|19 

I SHIFT 1 ITl' ' " ' " ' 



28 



Set the Composer to the TRACK WRITE mode. 
When rhythm is in stop. 

1 . Set the Bar after which you wish to insert a Pattern. 

I g^ip^ | ,^ [ [MAIN KEY 1-10 I 1-10 I- --[enter [19! 

' ,, ' 

Bar Number 

2, Select the Pattern to be inserted. 



1 pattern group A-C 1 29l i + | MAIN KEY 1-16 | 1-16 | 
I D-FI29I 



3. Execute inserting. 



, 1 I COPY I n I I ENTER I 19 

SHIFT 17 1 ' I ' l l 1 



28 



Set the Composer to the TRACK WRITE mode. 
1 . Assign the Bar after which you wish new pattern to begin. 
1 SHIFT |l7l i'^^l^'^EY1-16|l-16|---rENTER|l9| 



Bar Number 
2, Assign the starting Bar number and ending bar number. 

I SHIFT I 17 I I'^QP'^I^^I [MAJNKEY1-10|1-10|-.- ^ 

the starting Bar Number 
■ - I ENTER I 19] I MAIN KEY 1-10 I 1-10 | - - - j ENTER | 19*] 



the ending Bar Number. 



29 



: Other Operations^ 






Functions of the Last Measure Key 

Set the Composr to the TRACK PLAY mode without rhythm 
running 



I LAST MEAS | 25 | (while pressing} 

Last measure of the Track is displayed. 

Set the Composer to the TRACK WRITE mode without 
rhythm running. 



LAST MEAS 25 



Next measure of last measure is called. 



Select for TEMPO or MEASURE Display. 



TEMPO/MEAS 28 



Tempo Display - Measure Display 



2 



(TRACK PLAY, 
TRACK WRITE) 



■ Tempo Display — Display off 



J 



(PATTERN PLAY, 
STEP WRITE, 
TAP WRITE) 



29 



10 



^M: 






Set the Composer to the TRACK PLAY mode. 
When rhythm is in stop. 



A. Saving 



SHIFT 



T 1 I SAVE il4| I ENTER | 



19 



B. Verifying 



SHIFT 



1 I VERIFY I 15] 1 ENTER I 19 I 

17 l I I "I I I I 



C. Loading 



I , 1 I LOAD I 16 I I ENTER I 19 I 

I SHIFT I 17l ' ' ' ' ' :^ 



Leaving Tape Interface mode. 



MAIN KEY 1 1 



35 



36 



37 



MIDI ■ 

In any mode without rhythm running. 
A. Setting MIDI SYNC ON or OFF 

I ] | |MIDl|28l ( |UPl31 l -ON). ( |DOWN[30| -Qf^F) 

I SHIFT I 17 1 ^ 

8. Setting OMNI ON or OFF 

r^^^|^^ ^|MIDl[28|n^iiDlT28l<|UP|3l[-ON). 



(twice) 



39 



( |down[3o1 -off) 



C. Setting Receive channel 

1 1 MIDI I 28 H MIDI I 2 8 1 1 MIDI I 28 



SHIFT 



( |UP|31 | ),< |DOWN|30| | 



D. Setting Key Number for each voice. 



r— -n-—| 1 MIDI 1 28 ! 1 MIDI 1 28 1 1 MIDI 1 28 i 1 MIDI 


28 1 








1 MAIN KEY 1-16 h-16|(| up! 31 |), {|D0WN| 30 |) 




E. Setting Transmit channel for each voice. 




p— -T— n 1 MIDI 1 28 1 1 MIDI 1 28 1 1 MIDI 1 28 1 1 MIDI 


28 1 








1 MIDI 1 28 II MAIN KEY 1-16 1 1~16|{|UP| 31 1), 




*■ ■= * 





40 



DOWN 30 



^Rolanc 



86— 2— F3- 



Rhythm machine 



MODEL 



TR-505 MIDI Implementation 



1. 


TKAN3HITTED DATA 


Description 




2. 

lOOl 


RECOGNIZED RBCEIVE DATA 


Description 




status 


Second 


Third 




Okkk kkkk 


Ovvv WW 


Note ON 


11 






















kkkkkkk =25-99 


12 


1001 


nnnn 


Okkk kkkk 


0000 OOOO 


Note OFF 
kkkkkkk = 25-99 


• 1 
12 


1011 


bbbb 


0111 1100 


OOOO 0000 


vvvvvvv =1-127 
MINI OFF 




1001 


nnnn 


Okkk kkkk 


Ovvv WW 


Note ON 
kkkkkkk = 25-99 


»1 
•2 


ion 


bbbb 


0111 1101 


0000 OOOO 


OMHI ON 












vvvvvvv = 48, 64, 80, 96, 112, 127 


»3 


ini 


0010 


Oxxx xxxx 


Oyyy yyyy 


Sons Position Pointer 
xxxxxxx: Least siflnificsnt 


»3 
14 


nil 


0010 


Oxxx xxxx 


Oyyy yyyy 


Song Position Pointer 
xxxxxxx: Least significant 


*4 
• 5 










yyyyyyy: Host signifioant 












xxxxxxx: Host signifloant 




nil 


0011 


OSSS SSBB 




Son! Select 

sssssss = 0-5 {track t l-S) 


• 3 
(4 


nil 


0011 


Obss sass 




Sons Select 


»6 






















sssssss = 0-5 (track 1 1-6) 


«6 


nn 
nil 


lOOO 
lOtO 






Tiains Clook 
Start 


»4 
14 


nil 


1000 






Tiains Clock 


«5 


nil 


1011 






Continue 


■ 4 


nil 


1010 






Start 


IS 


nil 


1100 






Stop 


14 


nil 


ton 






Continue 


ts 














nil 


1100 






Stop 


(5 




Notes : 









Notes : 

11 Transnitted channel for each instrunent can be chansed 
to 1 - IE, and menorized. 



>2 Note I 


lUMber for each instruaent cj 


13 WW VI 


'V is set as follows. 
accent level 


'vvvvvvv 




not Eiven 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 


48 
64 

80 
96 
112 
127 



■4 When the aeasure is set. 

15 When NIDI sync node is on, the unit transsits these nesssaei 
received froH MIDI IN. 

le When the track t is set. 

track t sssssss 



11 Received channel t can be chanced to 1 -16, and neaorized. 
The sounds listed belou on the sane roH cannot sound at 
the sase tiae. 

LOH To» (LTt / Mid To« (MT) / Hlght Ton (HT) / Tisbale {TBI 

Rin Shot (BIM) / Hand Clap (HCP) 

Open Hi-Hat (0H( / Closed Hi-Hat (CH) 

LOH Conga (LOG) / HiSht Conga (HCO) 

Lou CoHbell (LCB) / Hitfbt Cowbell (HCB) 

Crash Cyabal (CCJ / Ride Crabal (RC) 

>2 Note number for each instrusent can be changed. 

13 Recognized while the unit is in 'STOP' in the Track Plsy Mode. 

■4 When the SYNC sods is set at MIDI. 



Rhythm machine 



MODEL TR-505 MIDI Implementation Chart 



Date:Jan.31 1986 
Version: 1.0 





Transmitted 


Recognized 


Remarks 




Basic Default 
Channel Changed 


1-16 
1-16 


1-16 
1-16 


Memorized 


Default 
Mode Messages 
Altered 


Mode 3 


Mode 1 
OMNI ON/OFF 




Note 

Number True voice 


25-99 *1 


25-99 *1 


assigns to each 
rhythm voice 


Velocity Note ON 
Note OFF 


O 9n v = 48-127 
X 9n v=0 


O 9b v = 1-127 

X 


n = lnst CH *2 
b = Basic CH 


After Key's 
Touch Ch's 


X 
X 


X 
X 




Pitch Bender 


X 


X 




Control 
Change 


X 


X 


- 


Prog 

Change True # 


X 


X 




System Exclusive 


X 


X 




System Song Pos 
Song Sel 
Common Tune 


o 
o 

X 


O SYNC mode = MIDI 
O SYNC mode = MIDI 

X 


0-5 


System Clock 
Real Time Commands 


o 
o 


O SYNC mode = MIDI 
O SYNC mode = MIDI 




Aux Local ON/OFF 
All Notes OFF 
Mes- Active Sense 
Sages Reset 


X 
X 

X 
X 


X 
X 
X 
X 




Notes 


*1 Transmitted and recognized note numbers can 

be assigned by panel operation. 
*2 Transmit channel $ for each instrument can be 

changed to 1-16 by panel operation. 



Mode 1 : OMNI ON. POLY 
Mode 3 : OMNI OFF. POLY 



Mode 2 : OMNI ON, MONO 
Mode 4 : OMNI OFF, MONO 



O : Yes 
X : No